PLYMOUTH - Authorities have been urged to use caution while searching for a rural Plymouth man who is considered armed and dangerous.
The Plymouth Police Department reported there was a potentially suicidal male early Sunday morning at 1784 Baseline Road. When the sheriff's deputy arrived, the mother of the person in question, Vernon W. Felty, 31, said her son wasn't there and she hadn't seen him since Friday, Major Greg Englund said.
Two days later, the deputy spoke to the mother again. She said she feared Felty, who had a gun when he left home on foot Monday, might commit suicide, Englund continued.
"We believe the person is suicidal and is considered armed and dangerous," he said.
The mother declined to be interviewed this morning when reached by telephone.
Felty is a white man who is 5-feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair. It's unknown what he was last seen wearing.
"We believe he is still in the area, possibly in the Willard, New Haven (or) Plymouth area. He has relatives in the area," Englund said.
Felty is wanted on a failure to appear warrant from Ashtabula County. A bench warrant was issued Jan. 24, 2007 in Western County Court in Geneva in connection with Felty failing to appear for a preliminary hearing on charges of a carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of a firearm and receiving stolen property, said a spokeswoman with the Ashtabula County prosecutor's office. The charges originally were filed 20 days before the hearing.
If residents have information about Felty's whereabouts or have seen him, they are encouraged to call the Huron County Sheriff's Office at (419) 663-2828.